Getting a kidney transplant can feel like having another chance at life. There are many great things that come after a transplant, like having better health and more freedom to do the things you enjoy. However, it is important to remember a transplant is a treatment for kidney disease, not a cure, and you will need to take special care of yourself, and your transplanted kidney. Use the information on this page to learn more about what to expect and how to stay healthy with your new kidney.
Here is what you should know about life after a transplant:
Learn what to expect after a transplant surgery including how to tell how well your kidneys are working and when you can resume normal activities.
Learn about Immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) medicines including why you need them and how long you need to take them.
Learn about kidney rejection after a transplant including why it may stop working and what can be done to treat the rejection.
Learn how to live healthy and resume normal activities after a transplant including which foods to eat, exercising, and preventing reinfection.
Learn about the mental aspects of living after a transplant including how to reach out for support.
Learn about some health problems that may occur after a transplant, including, diabetes, high blood pressure and gout.
Adjusting to life after kidney transplant
Getting a kidney transplant can be an exciting, life-changing event, but caring for a new kidney can be a lot of work. Anyone who is thinking about a kidney transplant or recently had a kidney transplant should consider the physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes that can come with it.
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